Tag Archive | research

New publication in Soft Matter Emerging Investigators Issue 2021

Check out our new paper (led by PhD candidate Xinyue(Joy) Zhang! This work aims to isolate the effect of transient metal–ligand crosslinking on the viscoelasticity of polymer networks. A systematic study combining both experimental results and theoretical verification was carried out through a carefully designed system that has no physical entanglements or phase separation. Also, […]

The inextricable links between distribution, behavior, and ensemble . . .

PhD candidate Michael Buche and Prof. Silberstein just published a paper on the constitutive modeling of polymer networks using statistical mechanics in Physical Review E. This work is the first to accomplish a general derivation that starts from arbitrary non-interacting single-chain behaviors and ends in the Cauchy stress. It highlights the naturally-occurring statistical correspondences that […]

Congratulations to Joy for Passing Her A-Exam!

Congratulations to Joy Zhang, PhD candidate in the Materials Science and Engineering field, for passing her A-exam today!

Designing Polymers for Strength and Photodegradation

Our new paper on strong yet UV degradable polymers is out in the Journal of the American Chemistry Society. This work was led by PhD candidate Bryce M. Lipinski in the Coates group. He devised a synthesis approach for isotactic poly(propylene oxide) in order to produce a material that demonstrates immense strain hardening. This iPPO […]

Metallopolymers work out in Macromolecules

Former postdoc Yuval Vidavsky and current Phd student Michael Buche’s combined experimental and DFT study on metallopolymers is now out in Macromolecules. This work, which was co-advised by Prof Robert DiStasio from Cornell’s chemistry department, introduces the idea of using neutral nitrogen-based ligands to modulate the stiffness, strength, and reversibility of metal-coordination bond-based crosslinks and thereby […]

Two new collaborative publications

Two papers are now available online: The first, in Chemical Science, led by Stephanie Rosenbloom from Prof Brett Fors’ group is titled “Tailor-made thermoplastic elastomers: customizable materials via modulation of molecular weight distributions”.This is part of our ongoing collaboration with the Fors group on the mechanical properties of tailored polymers. The second, in Frontiers in Chemistry, […]

Congratulations to Suwon Bae!

Last week Suwon successfully defended his PhD thesis. Here’s the just about to start “action shot” courtesy of Joy.

Allison presents at ELI poster session

Undergraduate Allison Rzepka presented her research at the ELI Undergraduate Research Poster Session last week.

New publication available in Advanced Functional Materials

Our latest collaborative paper with the Diesendruck group at the Technion is now out in Advanced Functional Materials.  “Highly Stretchable Polymers: Mechanical Properties Improvement by Balancing Intra- and Intermolecular  Interactions” was co-first authored by soon to defend MMD PhD candidate Suwon Bae and Diesendruck group PhD candidate Or Galant. In this work, Or and Suwon used a combination of […]

The Effect of Intrachain Cross-Linking for Glassy Polymers

Suwon Bae’s new paper is now out in Macromolecules. This manuscript presents his molecular dynamics simulations examining the thermo-mechanical behavior of glassy polymers assembled from single chain polymer nanoparticles. Suwon’s simulations showed surprisingly good agreement with our earlier experimental work on the same class of materials. This is our third paper in our ongoing collaboration […]